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Unread 05-27-2008, 10:05 AM   #1
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How to Paint White Letters on Tires

I have 4 fairly new Cooper 225/75/R15s. Nice tire, but they'd look much better on my YJ if the Cooper lettering on the tire walls were white! Does anyone know a good way of painting them white? I was thinking of just the raised outline of the letters not filling the inside of the lettering. What type of white paint would I use to stick to the rubber?

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Unread 05-27-2008, 04:27 PM   #2
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are the letters white on the other side of the tire?

if so then you just have to have them flipped around at a tire shop... they were probably mounted with the black letters out
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Unread 05-28-2008, 06:32 PM   #3
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Tire marker

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are the letters white on the other side of the tire?

if so then you just have to have them flipped around at a tire shop... they were probably mounted with the black letters out
You can use wite permenent marker pen.
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Unread 05-29-2008, 04:43 AM   #4
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Unread 05-29-2008, 09:08 AM   #5
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Thanks. Only white stripe on the other side, no white letters.

I think shoe polish will wear off after each wash. Perhaps the permanent paint marker may do a little better. I guess I'm wondering if there is a type of white paint that bonds to the rubber so it can be brushed when cleaning the tires and won't come off (reasonably).

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Unread 05-29-2008, 09:13 AM   #6
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A whitewall on the other side? What are they all season radials? At any rate, you can get a tire pen:

http://www.autobarn.net/trimpen.html
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Unread 05-29-2008, 09:23 AM   #7
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A whitewall on the other side? What are they all season radials? At any rate, you can get a tire pen:

http://www.autobarn.net/trimpen.html

I think he means they're not solid white. Like this:



As opposed to this:

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Unread 05-29-2008, 09:26 AM   #8
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I think he means they're not solid white. Like this:



As opposed to this:

I'm not so certain. He says he wants to just paint the outline of his letters, not fill in the middle, so they aren't like your first example.
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Unread 05-29-2008, 09:27 AM   #9
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Testors model Paint. Model paint but does a good job. If outlining letters...Testors make a paint pen......easy to use.
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Unread 05-29-2008, 09:57 AM   #10
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ACtually, I am undecided about painting just the outline or filling them in. I can start at least with the outline and go from there.

They are all-season radials I believe. They came with the Jeep with only 1000 miles on them. I just really like the white letters and don't want to buy new tires just for that. Plus the tires are a decent size for my daily driver (225/75/R15. Althought I with the tread was wider, not 75 including the side bulge)

Thanks. I'll look at the pen idea...

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Unread 05-29-2008, 07:55 PM   #11
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Unread 05-30-2008, 06:59 PM   #12
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If you've ever Armor All'd them, or used anything with silicone on them, forget it...it won't take. Secondly, if you are going to use your Jeep for what it's intended for, anything on those letters is gonna come off mo' ricky tick. The white letters on tire goes pretty much all the way thru the top ply...or the second to top ply, whatever.
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Unread 05-31-2008, 12:27 PM   #13
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Well, after all that, I found 4 used (less than 5k) BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO 30/9.5/R15 including American Racing Outlaw II rims (need refinishing) for a good deal. When I saw that I said, "Forget white lettering the Coopers!"

Now For Sale: 4 Cooper 225/75/R15 NO White letters.... Also, 5 OEM Jeep Wrangler Alloy Rims (5 spoke), completely refinished to perfection. (I'll be posting these in the for sale box...)

Thanks all for the help. I was going to try the white paint pen, btw.

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